Upcoming furry comics for July 2010 (Previews only)
If you had asked me to name a comic book that would use the word 'ratiocination', I would not have picked Scooby-Doo. Nor would I have thought there would be so many zombies in one Previews. Surely this craze is past its sell-by date? No teenage zombie ninja turtles so far, though.
And Radio Comix is back! But will they stay? Also Flight #7 and some new titles.
DARK HORSE COMICS (http://www.darkhorse.com)
MAY100035 Usagi Yojimbo #130 24pg, b&w $3.50
by Stan Sakai
Usagi and Kato join forces against Boss Higa and his new mercenary army.
DC COMICS (http://www.dccomics.com/)
MAY100220 Looney Tunes #188 32pg, color $2.50
By Bill Matheny, David Alvarez, Mike Decarlo, & others
Sylvester goes into training to beat up Hippity Hopper. Taz gets involved.
MAY100221 Scooby-Doo #158 32pg, color $2.50
by Terrance Griep, Joe Staton, & others; not so easy to get art credits any more?
'Scooby and the Gang are summoned to a timeworn, Edgar Allen Poe-themed mansion when an original copy of Poe's poem "Alone" is stolen by a monstrous orangutan! Employing Poe's methods of "ratiocination," Scooby and friends embark on a madcap chase through the spooky house!' Dang, that actually sounds a bit interesting! No doubt the poem will have been in plain sight all the time.
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IMAGE COMICS (http://www.imagecomics.com/)
MAY100439 Elephantmen vol. 3: Dangerous Liaisons tpb, 280pg, color $24.99
by Richard Starkings and a heap of artists
'The Elephantmen were soldiers -- weapons of mass destruction -- but now they must live out their lives amongst us. Even so, as three of their number, Hip Flask, Ebony Hide and Obadiah Horn go about their business in Los Angeles, 2259, a MAPPO sleeper cell has plans of their own for them.'
MAY100456 The Mice Templar, vol. 2.2: Destiny Part 2 hc, 200pg, color $29.99
by Bryan J.L. Glass, Michael Avon Oeming, and Victor Santos
Collects Mice Templar: Destiny #6-9.
AMAZE INK/SLAVE LABOR (www.slgpublishing.com)
MAY100722 My Monkey's Name is Jennifer vol. 2 tpb, 96pg, b&w $8.95
by Ken Knudtsen
'"Damn you, I'm a crazy monkey!" What begins as a harmless afternoon at home quickly becomes an adventure through time and space thanks to the villainy of the evil Dr. Tunick! Craziness abounds as Jennifer is dragged through jungles, tropical islands, and more. Just when you think things cannot get worse for our dress wearing monkey, they do!' MATURE THEMES. Vol. 1 is resolicited.
ANTARCTIC PRESS (http://www.antarctic-press.com/)
MAY100729 Gold Digger #120 32pg, color $2.99
by Fred Perry
Friends pro tempore Julia and G'nolga rescue Gar and Merigold but face other enemies.
MAY100731 Gold Digger: Book of Magic #1 24pg, b&w $3.99
(mini-series, black & white, 24 pages, $3.99 U.S./Can.)
by Fred Perry
'Learn to cast with the best--or at how to fake it for RPGs, at least!'
MAY100732 Gold Digger/Ninja High School: Maidens of Twilight Pocket Manga tpb, 5"x7.375", 128p, b&w $14.99
by Fred Perry, Robby Bevard, and J.L. Anderson
Collects Maidens of Twilight #1-4. By the creators of last month's Tiffany & Charlotte pocket manga.
APE ENTERTAINMENT (http://apecmx.com/)
MAY100738 Shrek #3 (of 4) 32pg, color $3.95
by Scott Shaw and Christine Larsen
Shrek and friends are shipwrecked on what is not actually Lilliput.
MAY100739 The Penguins of Madagascar #1 (of 4) 32pg, color $3.95
by David Server, Jackson Lanzing, and Antonio Campo
'Join the Penguins of Madagascar on an all-new mission! When the Penguins discover that the zoo's new platypus Mia has been separated from her eggs, they put their military minds together to hatch a plan for a Great Escape -- back to her native Australia! Goodbye New York, Hello adventure!'
ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT LLC (http://www.archaia.com)
MAY100747 Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #3 (of 4) 8"x8", 24pg, color $3.50 cheap
by a variety
At least two murine tall tales, by Guy Davis (B.P.R.D.) and Katie Cook (Fraggle Rock).
MAY100752 Berona's War: Field Guide hc, 6"x9", 160pg, color $19.95
by Jesse Labbé and Anthony Coffey
'From the minds of artists/storytellers Jesse Labbé and Anthony Coffee comes this epic tale of two adorable, fur-covered races doomed by their own escalating violence! The Ele-Alta and the Cropones wage war over the island of Berona's most desirable piece of real estate: the land called Amity. Cute and cuddly on the outside, but ferocious to the core, these fuzzy fighters will continue their bloodshed no matter the cost!' At http://www.archaia.com/blog/titles/beronas-hundred-year-war is a description of the project, apparently at an earlier stage, and six thumbnail pages from the book that fail when clicked.
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS (http://www.archiecomics.com/)
MAY100763 Sonic the Hedgehog Archives vol. 13 tpb, 112pg, color $7.95
by Michael Gallagher, Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, et al.
'This volume includes the rare final chapters of the critical "Endgame Saga" and related side-stories originally featured in the Sonic Super Special series.'
MAY100764 Sonic the Hedgehog #215 32pg, color $2.99
by Ian Flynn, Steven Butler, and Terry Austin
'Sonic journeys to the frozen Northern Tundra to link up with the Arctic Freedom Fighters and attempt to rescue Rotor's family and herd from the latest Dark Egg Legion threat! . . . Plus, a "Future Tense" back-up feature!'
MAY100765 Sonic Universe #17 32pg, color $2.99
by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley
Tails vs. more problems.
BOOM! STUDIOS (http://www.boom-studios.net/)
MAY100879 Donald Duck Classics vol. 2: Duck Danger hc, 6.6"x10.2", 128pg, color $24.99
Featuring stories by Barks, Rosa, Taliaferro, and more. Available in the United States and Canada only.
MAY100888 The Muppet Show #7 32pg, color $2.99
by Roger Langridge
It's still by Langridge, and only Langridge. It looks kinda like it has vampire in it, though.
MAY100898 Uncle Scrooge #393 32pg, color $2.99
by Didier Le Bornec, Doug Murray and José Maria Carreras, Cosme Quartieri, and Wanda Gattino
'The Disney Afternoon Revolution continues as Uncle Scrooge, Launchpad, and the gang are on the hunt for the tomb of Pharaoh Prak Tikal Dioker to complete a priceless treasure collection. . . .' I don't think I'll mention this one again for a while. Launchpad?
Offered-again tpbs aside, this month also brings Cars: The Adventures of Tow Mater #1, Cars Volume 4: Route 66 Dash (sc and hc), Darkwing Duck: the Duck Knight Returns #2, Disney's Hero Squad #7, Donald Duck and Friends #356, Finding Nemo: Losing Dory #1, The Muppet Show #4 C2e2 Wrigley Field Variant, Muppet Snow White #4, The Muppet Show Volume 4: Family Reunion (sc and hc), Toy Story: Tales from the Toy Chest #1, Wall-E Volume 2: Out There (hc and sc), Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #709 (might be OK), and Wizards of Mickey #7. There is rather a lot of it.
RADIO COMIX (www.radiocomix.com)
MAY101102 Furrlough #190 48pg, b&w $9.99
'The longest running anthropomorphic anthology continues with an all-new format with 48 big pages and perfect binding! In this issue, "Ebin & May" by fan-fave Christina "Smudge" Hanson delivers more delightful medieval romance. Also, "Dragon Quest" by Greg Older and Style Wager, and "Tales of Marga" by Thor Thorvaldson Jr. Plus, shorts by Phil "Poinko" Gibson, David Goodman, and more!' A bit pricey for me but I'll give it a try; some good series here.
MAY101103 Untamed 64pg, b&w $11.99
by many more
'From the creators of Anubis: Dark Desire comes Untamed, a new graphic album of erotic romance that thrills with the taste of forbidden lust! This sumptuous package features beautifully illustrated tales of anthropomorphic passion and the sensual interplay of fur on skin! Features stories and art by Heather Bruton, Diana Harlan-Stein, Sara Palmer, R. Gibson, Terrie Smith, Style Wager, Blotch, and more!' From these folks I expect good art but I am less sanguine about the stories.
VILLARD BOOKS (http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/villard/ )
MAY101159 Flight vol. 7 tpb, 7"x10", 352pg, color $25.00
'Flight 7 is the latest volume in the acclaimed graphic novel series, a full-color graphic anthology of short stories by some of the hottest creators in the fields of comics and animation including JP Ahonen, Jason Caffoe, Michel Gagne, Justin Gerard, Paul Harmon, Kazu Kibuishi, Stuart Livingston. Katie Shanahan, Kean Soo, and many others.' I really enjoyed the first six; recommended.
SC, 7x10, 352pgs, FC SRP: $25.00
I pass over a couple of juvies (Geronimo Stilton vol. 5: The Great Ice Age and Dragon Puncher) in silence.
Always carry a grapefruit, Treesong